On the Newsstand:Bush Administration

/ March 1, 2012 5:00 am

Tea’d Off

Andrew Breitbart's May 2010 defense of the Tea Party in an exclusive interview with the HPR.

/ May 17, 2010 11:58 pm

Who Gets to Give Aid?

American faith-based organizations and the politics of belief

/ April 17, 2010 2:41 pm

The Case for Executive Power

A legal and historical defense of the Bush administration

/ April 15, 2010 6:25 pm

Justice Stevens Lets Go — Better Hang On!

My Harvard Independent column for this week addresses the retirement of John Paul Stevens and the issue of picking his successor. Read the original here. If they made posters of Supreme Court Justices, I’d put John Paul Stevens on my bedroom wall. The man is a progressive hero — first and foremost, for his longevity. In 2006, the liberal radio ... Read More

and / March 8, 2010 3:03 pm

Unfulfilled Promise

Evaluating the first year of the Obama presidency

/ March 8, 2010 3:03 pm

Midterm Madness

A Republican resurgence in the 2010 election?

/ February 19, 2010 8:43 pm

First Friend in the Forum

Valerie Jarrett wowed the JFK Jr. Forum tonight. More than a few told me that it was their favorite Forum of the year, no small feat in a year of big names: Newt Gingrich, David Axelrod, and Nancy Pelosi. But, it’s not all about political stardom. The senior adviser to the President charmed us with class and smooth talked our ... Read More

/ February 2, 2010 9:48 am

The Dim Prospects for Meaningful Financial Reform

Well, the Senate just spent a year trying and failing to pass a moderate, compromised-to-hell health reform plan.  Which, incidentally, if that is comprehensive reform I’m not really sure I’d like to see their “tinkering around the edges”.  However, the important thing is that they managed to defuse special interest anger by buying them off with legislative goodies.  Wait, that’s ... Read More

/ December 20, 2009 11:07 pm

An Obituary Too Soon

The uncertain state of modern conservatism

and / November 24, 2009 4:38 am

Escaping the Poppy Field

American anti-opium efforts in Afghanistan Afghanistan’s war-devastated economy has one booming sector ­- the country produces 90 percent of the world’s opium. Money from this trade funds insurgents and terrorists, and encourages corrupt government officials to undermine security and the rule of law. Nevertheless, for decades U.S. policy towards Afghanistan failed to acknowledge the impact of opium. But in a ... Read More

/ November 24, 2009 4:35 am

Fights over Federalism

  States gaining voice on drug laws When Richard Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” in June 1971, he had little idea that he was also engaging Washington in a war with the states. In the decades since, the federal government has frequently asserted its primacy over the states on drug laws, despite the opposition of states-rights proponents. California began ... Read More

/ November 17, 2009 1:54 am

Worst-Case Scenarios

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, and where we stand today On Aug. 29, 2005, one million people were displaced overnight when Hurricane Katrina assaulted the Gulf Coast. “We plan for what we’ve experienced, but you don’t even begin to understand [a worst-case scenario] until it is upon you,” Marty Bahamonde, a FEMA employee who took refuge in the Superdome along with ... Read More

and / November 17, 2009 1:39 am

In Need of Assistance

Reforming foreign aid at home In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush made a sweeping commitment to global economic development.  In early 2002, he declared, “We fight against poverty because hope is an answer to terror. We fight against poverty because opportunity is a fundamental right to human dignity.” Development was to be a vital ... Read More

/ September 24, 2009 4:23 pm

Worrying News

The U.S. government is probing the death of Bill Sparkman, a census worker in rural Kentucky. He was found hanged in the woods with the word “FED” scrawled on his chest.  I doubt Glenn Beck means to goad his viewers into violence when he tells them the federal government is trying to destroy American democracy, but he probably shouldn’t be ... Read More

/ September 21, 2009 3:08 am

On Guard Against Hypothetical Threats

When you’re working to govern an entire nation, you can’t please everyone.  Particularly people with highly particular political preferences; they tend to be the most prickly when disappointed (though you’d think they’d get used to it).  So it’s a rare joy when a political figure does something that seems eminently sensible and pleasing, and with Obama’s announcement on missile defense ... Read More

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